Constantly caught up in the busyness loop can be not only exhausting but addictive. Many of us don't know when or how to stop the merry-go-round of jobs, appointments, places to be and people to speak to. I wonder if the reason we can find ourselves unknowingly plugging every minute of every day with tasks is so that we don't have to spend time with ourselves. We can be alone but are we really alone?!! When we have phones on, browsers open, social media alerts and the television on, we may be relaxing with ourselves but we aren't really alone with ourselves! Our conscious mind is still running the show.
Today I am sitting in silence.
Today I not not really thinking about anything.
Today I am pausing and listening to what my body is saying.
Today I am enjoying simplicity.
Today is the best day of my life!
Realistically it is not possible in our world with our commitments, relationships and purpose to completely disconnect with everything and everyone all the time (for most of us). But it is really important to have this time alone; really alone, every day.
The exciting thing is tomorrow is another today.
* Turn off all devices and remove all immediate distractions! Find a nice space that feels calming (often being out in nature works wonders). Sit there for a few moments noticing all the sensory information; are the birds singing, are the leaves moving in the breeze, does it feel cool or warm on your skin? Continue to take in all the information going on around you and then continue to sit. To begin this may feel uncomfortable especially if you haven't had time alone (really alone) for a long time! Try and be an impartial observer to your thoughts especially if you launch into "I have to do something" mode. In the early days you may only spend a minute or two but over time these periods extend and often they become a craving!